LET'S TALK ABOUT OPEN RELATIONSHIPS, GETTING OLDER, DENIAL, JEALOUSY, etc. (with red wine)
June 4, Andrew Zaeh for Bustle Open relationships can take on a lot of different forms. Some people only ever enter non-monogamous relationships, while others open their relationship after a certain period if they find that they're struggling with monogamy. Different people have different reasons for wanting to be in an open relationship — and understanding exactly why you're doing it is crucial to it being successful.
People in open relationships shared what was appealing about the setup and why they chose it, and the results were fascinating. Some of the people in the thread seem to identify as being both in an open and polyamorous relationship, but it's important to note that open relationships and polyamory are not necessarily the same thing. While open relationships can involve being romantically and emotionally monogamous, with the freedom to explore sexually, polyamory is a type of open relationship open relationship typically about having long-term, multiple dating while relationships with people.
According to Poly-Coach, polyamory is often associated with the idea of being "in love" with more than one person, which open relationships aren't always, even if there may be some level of emotional connection.
Open relationship, ethical non-monogamy, polyamory, someone that when it comes right down to it, you're dating someone else. Just last night, a man revealed to me during our date that he was in an open relationship.